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(img1)Angela Judd Sentencing

Bend woman gets six-plus years for smothering grandmother

A 45-year-old Bend woman who admitted smothering her 92-year-old grandmother with a pillow on New Year’s Eve was sentenced Thursday to more than six years in prison under a plea deal she accepted to avoid a murder trial.

Edwin Lara in Yreka court


Bend murder suspect pleads not guilty to Calif. charges

A Redmond man accused of murder in the killing of Kaylee Sawyer made his first court appearance Friday afternoon in Yreka, Calif., and pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, discharge of a weapon and criminal threats.


Crook County Jail

Prineville man sentenced to 20 years for rape, abuse

A 36-year-old Prineville man arrested earlier this year on two-dozen rape and abuse charges received a 20-year prison sentence on Friday, Crook County authorities said.

Powell Butte Highway roundabout

Deschutes County

Powell Butte Highway roundabout opens Friday afternoon

The new roundabout at Powell Butte Highway, Alfalfa Market Road and Neff Road east of Bend will open Friday at 4 p.m., Deschutes County officials said Thursday.

Kaylee Sawyer homicide investigation

Kaylee Sawyer's body found in canyon west of Redmond

Authorities confirmed Thursday that the body of missing Bend woman Kaylee Sawyer was found earlier this week in a canyon off Highway 126 about 10 miles west of Redmond and said an autopsy had determined she died of "blunt force trauma."

Medicine generic AP

Central Oregon may have more insurance options than expected

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Central Oregon residents might have more health insurance options than expected next year.

Algae prompts Odell Lake health advisory

State issues blue-green algae health alert for Odell Lake

A health advisory due to high levels of blue-green algae was issued Thursday by state health officials for Odell Lake, located 75 miles southeast of Eugene off Highway 58 in Lane County.


Lane County Jail; Deschutes County Jail

Two charged in Deschutes County real estate, mortgage fraud scheme

A Deschutes County grand jury has indicted two people on several charges in connection with significant mortgage and rental fraud schemes, District Attorney John Hummel said Wednesday.

Deschutes County SO SAR

DCSO searchers help lost Bend hiker off South Sister

Deschutes County sheriff's deputies and Search and Rescue volunteers came to the aid Wednesday night of a hiker who became lost after summiting South Sister and sought assistance getting back to the trail, deputies said.

Sisters Ranger District headquarters

Deschutes National Forest

Forest Service to sell Sisters Ranger District land for new HQ

The Forest Service plans a pre-bid meeting next week for real estate brokers who are interested in bidding on the opportunity to market and sell about 66 acres of the current Sisters Ranger District administrative site.


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